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Bulova 1953 Byron

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This is a pretty sweet watch!  Very nice unusual lungs on this guy that I haven't seen.  I very much hesitate to use the "rare" word, but it's definately a bit more scarce than the average Bully out there.  I haven't seen this model often anyway.

Sporting a 10BT, 15 Jewel movement.  Both stainless steel back case and movement showing L3...

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Posted September 12, 2011 - 12:56am

So... nobody knows nuttin. 

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Posted September 12, 2011 - 5:42am

It's from 1953 :-)

Maybe from the Ambassador series. Has a few similar features. "A" & "E" suggest they had a few variants. Just a thought.

1953 Bulova Ambassador "A" & "E"


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Posted November 11, 2011 - 5:38am

Nope still nothing...will keep looking.'s picture
Posted November 11, 2011 - 12:09pm

An Ambassador Model?

Got "MX" crystal specs??


:-)  Scott



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Posted November 11, 2011 - 5:20pm

No Jerin, not all that rare, scarce maybe as we don't see too many compared to others but still mass produced as the others. Could be that folks like the style and keep them instead of selling. I'd lean toward an Excellency or Ambassador of some version or another. It even has some AA qualities but 1953 , 17J , just doesn't go there. Sorry Dude, not much help,  jmo.

Posted June 3, 2012 - 12:42pm

How about the Byron?

This excerpt is from a large format, color marketing brochure produced by Bulova and bulk mailed to jewelers.  I have an original in my possession.  The bulk postage stamp, unfortunately, does not include a date, but judging from the watches advertised--Maxim, Director, Seabee, and others--it would appear to be an early-to-mid-1950s advertisement.

Attached to the flyer is the original order form, which the jeweler was supposed to fill out and mail back to Bulova to order the watches shown in the brochure.  The order form lists the watches by name, along with the watch number and price.


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Posted June 3, 2012 - 12:47pm

Perfect!  Thanks Lisa!

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Posted June 21, 2015 - 1:13pm

Possible way to date the ad Lisa found using price lists.  In the Nov 1954 supplement to quarterly lists, in "new models, update prices" section, we see the price of Byron (31535) listed as $42.50.  Since this is a suplement to previous released quarterly, there is not a cumulative model section to list.

Matt ad for Byron must have been produced before November 1954 to have old price of $39.75

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Posted June 3, 2012 - 12:41pm

That looks like a winner to me!

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Posted June 3, 2012 - 12:48pm

Other than the hour markers Lisa's ad looks to be a match. Although, the ad doesn't give jewel count, case plating specs, etc.